The inaugural edition of this annual Spring Open tournament is pencilled to take place from 23rd to 29th September of 2019, in Johannesburg.
The tournament is endorsed by the National Association, Tennis South Africa (TSA) and sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
For the growth of tennis
South Africa has over the years produced some of the world’s best tennis players including current world number 8 Kevin Anderson, former world number 3 Amanda Coetzer and two-time Grand slam champion Lucas Sithole. When Kevin Anderson the US Open final in 2017 to set up a clash with Rafael Nadal, we were reminded that South Africa has always been a part and feature of top level tennis.
Other notable ex and current tennis players Cliff Drysdale, Kevin Curren, Lucas Sithole, Johan Kriek, Wayne Ferreira, Kgothatso Montjane, and Liezel Huber are not only a confirmation of the depth of tennis excellence that is to be found in South Africa, but also of the need to continuously develop and nurture talent, while providing platforms for top level competition and growth
The Spring Open will rekindle the passion, generate enthusiasm and the love for the sport, while bringing a focus on the development of tennis to a sport loving country.
The Spring Open is a first of its kind in Africa, comprising of a Wheelchair Tennis ITF Grade 2 tournament and an able-bodied ITF $15,000 Transitional Tour tournament - for both men and women.
Over 160 participants, from across the world, will take part in the action.
Besides its sporting, entertainment and commercial offerings, the tournament will be developmental, aimed at providing international competition for South African tennis players in their own country.
The tournament fits into what is at the centre of the Association of Tennis Professionals, ATP’s vision of safeguarding the sport beyond the “Big 4” Grand Slam tournaments – Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
The sport has a glorious history of producing global icons, recognised for their achievements on and off the court. The Spring Open aims to be the hotbed for the development of future stars
Spectators, fans and tennis enthusiasts from all backgrounds are expected to attend, with the spotlight falling on Tennis South Africa’s objective of growing the sport in every corner of South Africa.
Free tickets available here.